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a healthcare problem and political one. >> bret: bipartisan group of senators and president obama have outline of immigration reform legislation this week. senior political analyst brit hume is here with his analysis of what is right with one of them. why have so many immigrant families from asia done so well in this country? one reason they had to come a long way to get here. it's still a formidable obstacle and screens out the less able and determined. relatively small subset of the population, 6%, nearly half of whom have a bachelor degree. they are in short the people this country needs. this is why one of the most useful part of the immigration reform package rolled out the other day to award green cards to immigrants who old advance degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. we need 120,000 computer engineering jobs a year and we graduate a third of those and many of those leaf the country because the visa expires. 55,000 green cards were awarded bay brandon draw each year to immigrants from countries who previously sent few people to the u.s.. not surprisingly it's known as t
and it is entirely possible he screwed up. >> president obama is about to speak in vegas on immigration reform. >> but he is not going to propose his own legislation. what the democratic senators were terrified of is obama was going to propose his own legislation the dem crass would be asked to rally around the president's plan and republicans would say if these were cast as the president's idea it's na nonstarter we are not going to follow the president on this. chuck schumer wanted to lead this and cut obama out of the process. obama sounds like he is getting himself be cut out of the process a little bit. >> if that is true why is he having an event in p vegas? >> if he weren't speaking out critics would be attacking him for not showing leadership. that is one of the things that is destruct tive they attack the president mercilessly and relentlessly and it looked extreme and overly political in the american people. i think you are starting to see smarter voices like bobby jindal marco rubio even paul ryan saying we have to be a more loyal opposition. opposing the president when we disagree
smith. president obama saying that immigration reform is, quote: within our grasp. and today he spelled out his plan to fix the system just a day after a bipartisan group of senators released their idea. but one of those republican senators telling fox news the president could end up hurting the cause. mr. obama flew to las vegas today to unveil his plan. one of the major sticking points is border security. now, just yesterday the white house enforcement has never been better but today the president called for making more improvements. and he played up the similarities between his idea and the senator's proposal. >> the time has come for common sense, comprehensive, immigration reform. >> for the first time in many years, republicans and democrats seem ready to tackle this problem together. >> but analysts say there are differences, unlike the senators, the president did not say the feds have to improve border security before illegal immigrants can take a so-called path of citizenship. this morning on america's newsroom, one of those senators republican marco rubio telling me that is a
his ideas for reform of the immigration system. >> president obama took air force one out to nevada yesterday for the first trip of his second term to talk immigration reform. in a big high school auditorium filled with people chanting to "yes, it's possible." president obama essentially said he's glad a bipartisan group of eight u.s. senators has come together to put the ideas they share into an immigration reform bill that president obama didn't exactly endorse the bill because it hasn't actually been written yet. something the president did say, though, is that a top priority needs to be giving illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship. >> we have to deal with the 11 million individuals who are here illegally. we all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship. but for comprehensive immigration reform to work, it must be clear from the outset that there is a pathway to citizenship. >> the president also said that citizens shouldn't have to wait years for their families to join them here in the states, and that is where the differences between the pre
. >> is president obama starting a bidding war over immigration reform? this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. for the second day in a row we begin with a new plan to fix america's immigration system. monday, group of bipartisan senators shared their though thoughts. today was president obama's term to unveil his proposal this time in glitzy las vegas. is one of plans deserving of a roll of a dice, or will congress eventually cash out again? white house correspondent wendell goler reports from sin city. >> a speech intended to pressure congress to take up immigration reform was partly rewritten to applaud bipartisan proposal announced by eight senators the day before. >> the good news is that for the first time in many years, republicans and democrats seem ready to tack thi tackle this pm together. >> president stopped short of endorsing the senate plan because aides say the legislation hasn't been written. they say the principle mirror his own. but the critics aren't so sure. the biggest difference is that mr. obama's plan would give a faster path to citizenship for t
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aspect of that. i suppose every other president before president obama did this, but the president gave a speech on immigration reform in nevada. he took air force one all the way up to nevada and gave a speech and brought it back. i suppose every president did that before him, but these are tough economic times for american people. it doesn't set a good example. >> i don't have a problem with it. i think it would be fascinating reported weekly how much they spent running around the country. i think you want presidents to travel. i never object to a president who goes to camp david because i think frankly the job is so crushing. >> greta: i totally agree. >> and i like the president being out with the american people. any president, whoever it is, but i did think it was interesting today. this is real test of immigration. i believe we're going to be able to work our way toward some kind of common sense practical steps, many which i campaigned on a year ago. it will be interesting to see if obama deliberately steps in to try to stop it by raising the antoe. >> greta: why would he do that
supplement plan that's right for you. bill: major driver of headlines today. president obama announcing his plan for immigration reform leaving the white house shortly. that is the plan we're hearing, provides a faster pathway to citizenship. on a day after eight republican and democratic senators laid out their plan. senator marco rubio was one of them. i spoke to the republican senator out of florida just a bit earlier today. senator rubio, good morning to you, and welcome back to "america's newsroom". >> thank you. bill: the president will speak later today in las vegas. do you expect him to blow up your plan? >> well, first of all, we'll reserve judgment until the president speaks. the early reports are that the president seems like he is trying to start a bidding war. we'll not do an immigration bidding wars. we have a set of principles. i've been talking about them for a number of weeks. fortunately there is a group of senate democrats and republicans here who had similar principles. we were able to join together to announce those principles. now we'll turn those principles into a bil
. it is the first drop we have seen in 3 and a half years. why thare they talking firearms and immigration reform instead of ways to put people back to work. daily beast columnist kirsten powers. we sat out there when he made his inaugural address some of the panel skrcontract sized president obama for talking about things like immigration reform and gun control and his push on green energy. where was the talk about jobs and the economy and now we see this economic news about how we slunk in the fourth quarter. >> the president has to be concerned about the ec you can't be president and ignore what's going on economically. the problem is what direction he is going to go. he wants to focus on deficit reduction. deficit reduction is important, it really doesn't have any connection in terms of creating jobs in the short term. obama has made it clear he would like to do more stimulus spending. repu republicans aren't open to that. they control half of -- control the house and democrats control the senate. it remains to be seen what will happen. the deficit is a problem and needs to be dealt with. it
-senator barack obama who gutted the guest worker provision out of that immigration reform and effectively killed it off. so it's great that now durbin is on board along with a number of republicans. the big question is, though, later today we're going to hear from the president. is the president really serious about immigration reform? after all, marco rubio has been out there, but has the white house reached out to him so far? absolutely not. >>gretchen: here's the plan they're talking about, this gang of eight. register and pass a background check. you would be required to do that if you're illegal. pay a fine and back taxes. earn probationary legal status. learn english. continue to pay taxes. show work history and then get a green card and then apply for citizenship. effectively you would go to the back of the line. so this is a bipartisan effort. remember, some of these commissions have come together in the past, in the last four years, specifically about the debt and the president hasn't necessarily taken on the plan that they have come up with. so this will be really important to see if i
this will be the year congress finally gets it done. >>shepard: this beats president obama's to the punch, really, who will unveil his own plan tomorrow. the latest push if reform comes after public opinion took a huge shift. according to the latest fox poll a large majority of voters say illegal imagreements should be given a path: 17 percent say they should be deported and 13 percent favor a guest woulder program allow only to stay in the united states temporarily. senator rubio of florida is speaking on this very matter. this is live. >> immigration is not simple but we have the opportunity to do it right. if we do, we will do a tremendous service to our country and to its future and briefly, i will talk in spanish. >>shepard: he is one who has been pushing this and suggesting to the republican party, look at the statistics, here, we have to make some changes. the republicans are not making changes without compromise. that is how change in washington: compromise. the democrats have given up. the republicans have given. now they have a plan. there are questions whether this could upstage the preside
for the lead on immigration reform right now, president obama laid down his marker on this issue in las vegas yesterday. take a look. >> we all agree that these men and women should have to earn their way to citizenship. but for comprehensive immigration reform to work, it must be clear from the outset that there is a pathway to citizenship. [applause] martha: you heard the big applause there but the blueprint released by these eight senators would not let illegal i am hi grants immigrants seek citizenship until border security is increased in a comprehensive way. arizona senator jeff flake is in the group and he joins me now. good morning. >> thank for having me on. martha: what is your reaction saying not needing to have border security completely shored up before you have a path to citizenship? >> no you have to have a pathway it citizenship is important to the president, the border protection especially important to us in arizona. we've got to have it. martha: marco rubio agrees with you. he doesn't want to get into a bidding war on this. this group of bipartisan senators agreed on this p
and fresh about this? we tried and argued immigration reform on both sides of the aisle the last decade and it hasn't worked. why is it different? >> reporter: it is 2013. president obama won the last election. this bipartisan group includes marco rubio, florida u.s. senator and influential up-and-comer in the republican party and of cuban descent. he will be influential. john mccain campaigned against george w. bush in 2000, a long time advocate of immigration reform is big advocate of this. democrats almost every case on this bipartisan committee as well as in the senate are expected to follow the president's lead whatever he outlines tomorrow many they're on board with that agenda. the big question and stumbling block has been for decades is border security. how do you define it, how do you support it? this includes the use of drones, technology, all kinds of electronic surveillance and et cetera, critics say there is not enough. you need a fence and more troops on the border. how that gets legislated and sorted out we her from the president and house republicans will be influence in
improvements in border security first, the president says he wants the reforms now and will force a vote on his own plan if congress doesn't act right away. how are these competing plans stacking up? jamie, first blush, they look similar, except president obama says, let's get this done now and the senate plan says, let's secure the bordzer. >> they are broadly similar. if you read the outlines, you can see much of the same language and the same issues brought up. but there are two area where is there is some difference, you might say significant difference, may be enough to scuttle the bill without a compromise. the number-1 issue is this commission, to make sure that the border is secure before the plan gets implemented. in the gang of 8, they mention a plan that they released yesterday. they mention a commission of border, state governors and community activists that would have to -- issue recommendations that the border was secure before the plan is implemented. the president doesn't mention this at all. what he has said in his speech today and in the report that he issued to reporters is t
himself they worry could ultimately polarize and lead to more gridlock. mr. obama ignored this issue at his first term and some say now he really wants to make it part of his legacy and get serious and get real reforms. there is also worry that this could become ongoing fight and it becomes a political wedge for republicans and immigrants and senate would be orchestrating that. marco rubio signed on to big comprehensive reform plan this week. that's a big change for him. he spent much of last year warning republicans to do the whole comprehensive reform ran the possibility of collapsing under it own weight. he wanted to do smaller bite sized pieces of it and change to do this. >> picture thing. it's all speculation. i want to wait until this clarify itself on what exactly they are going to talk about specifically and krauthammer and i laid it out last night. real quick, rosen, egypt, military coup, throw out the islamic brotherhood over there? >> there was a warming over the weekend from one of the top generals in the egyptian military to the effect that collapse of the government co
carolina's lindsey graham, marco rubio of florida and jeff flake of arizona. this comes as president obama flies to las vegas to outline his vision for immigration. senator durbin says immigration reform, a comprehensive plan is long overdue. >> we are committed to a comprehensive approach to finally in this country have an immigration law we can live with. we've virtually going for 25 years without a clear statement about immigration policy. that is unacceptable in this nation of immigrants. >> reporter: the plan also calls for easier entry for immigrants who have math, science and engineering skills. bill? bill: there is a lot of politics laced to this entire issue. how do the politics figure into this proposal, steve? >> reporter: first it comes during an important window of opportunity before the midterm elections of 2014 get underway, before all the campaigning gets underway. it comes just after president obama was reelected partly because of the strong support of latinos, the fastest growing minority group in the u.s. senator john mccain acknowledged that reality yesterday. >> give y
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